Leading the Way
Some highlights of the Inter-Faith Service,

church procession

Grey skies and an intermittent drizzle notwithstanding, the several hundred invitees titled the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Port-of-Spain by 4:30 p.m. on the somewhat bleak afternoon on January 13th, 1991. At that time, the President of the Republic, Mr. Noor Hassanali, with Mrs. Hassanali, arrived at the western entrance, having just been preceded by the Honourable Prime Minister, A. N. R. Robinson and Mrs. Robinson; the Attorney General, Mr. Anthony Smart, and Mrs. Smart, and the Honourable Finance Minister, Selby Wilson and Mrs. Wilson, and all the many other dignitaries of Church and State. Notables and Personalities of the Business and other sections of the community were also well represented.

The proceedings began with the Marionettes chorale (the choir) rendering the National Anthem, which they did with their accustomed charm and skill, after which the Very Reverend Father Rawle Douglin bade the congregation 'welcome' and made the call to worship. There followed the hymn, "O Worship the King".

The First Reading was done by Mr. William C. Agard D. L. C. (Eng.) who read from the Book of  Zecariah Chapter 8, verses 3 to 12 and 16 to 17. After the appropriate response by the Congregation "Thank be to God", the Marionettes Chorale then rendered Psalm 150. The Programme, at this point, then called for prayers by the Hindu, the Muslim and Baha'i representatives.

The lovely voice of Jocelyn Sealey was then heard rendering the "Panis Angelicus". It then became the turn of the President of the TBLA, Mr. John Martin, to read.

This he did from the First Letter of Peter, Chapter 4, verses 7 to 11. After the Response, "Thanks Be To God", choir and congregation joined in singing the compelling "God Bless Our Nation", composed by Marjorie Padmore.

The Very Reverend Father Rawle Douglin, Dean and Rector of the Holy Trinity Cathedral, read the Gospel on the conclusion of which, the congregation and choir joined in the Hymn "Now Thank We All Our God."

The Thanksgiving Intercessions, the Greeting of Peace and the Offertory followed, with the Marionettes Chorale singing the "Non Nobis Domine".

With The Hymn, "Praise to the Lord The Almighty", the stage was set for the conclusion of the Divine Service with the Blessing by Monsignor Anthony Pantin, Archbishop of Port-of-Spain.

The Marionettes Chorale then sang the "Hallelujah" chorus, to which compelling strains the uplifted audience, led by the President of the Republic, Mrs. Hassanali, and the Dean, proceeded - while the Carillon of bells peeled - to the further ceremony of the Illuminations, which would be followed by the gala Reception.

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